Eastern Indigo Snake

 

The largest snake in North America, the Indigo, named for the dark blue iridescence of its large scales, grows to over 6’ long. It will retreat into a Gopher Tortoise burrow during times of inactivity. One of the few truly diurnal (active during the day) species of snakes, indigos spend a great deal of time searching for prey (which they swallow alive) and for a mate. Threatened due to habitat destruction and over–collecting.

Latin Name: Drymarchon Corais Couperi

Habitat:Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock, Marsh

Diet: Toads, Frogs, Rodents, Other Snakes

Species Alert! Threatened